LRBHT People's Choice Finalist: Yogi


The true pocket rocket pony who was completely unhandled when he came into World Horse Welfare’s care and has now made his name on the competitive driving circuit.

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"His inauspicious start never held him back; he takes on every challenge and turns heads wherever he goes."

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Yogi came into World Horse Welfare’s care in January 2006 with another young pony as their owner had become unable to cope with them. Both ponies were youngsters and were completely unhandled, with Yogi in particular having very little trust in humans. The team at World Horse Welfare spent a long time working with Yogi to build up his trust and slowly he started to progress through his training.

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- Yogi on arrival at World Horse Welfare

Yogi was rehomed as a youngster to continue his handling and education and was then rehomed to Liz who trained him to drive. Since then, Yogi has had amazing success in driving trials both as a single and in tandem with his partner, Dev. He has competed at a number of national championships and represented World Horse Welfare at the Olympia International Horse Show and Badminton Horse Trials. Yogi lives in Suffolk.

Read why Yogi deserves to be crowned Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials People’s Choice Rehomed Superstar in Liz’s entry below:

Rescued from a muddy field as a yearling, Yogi arrived with us as a hairy 12 hands two year old after the tender loving care from the Hall Farm Team had set him back on the rails. He was still tricky around his head, difficult to catch and not keen on feet being picked up but generally a sweet character.

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After settling in, he took to wearing harness and pulling a small two wheeled cart around the village and around the forest tracks. This was really going to be it at 3 years old until we decided to enter him in a driving trials with the East Anglian carriage driving group event at Elveden in July 2008 when he was five. This was the start of a driving career that started in the Pre-novice classes and trotting carefully around cross country phases of driving trials and not keen on the water obstacle and led to National Championships, usually with the fastest marathon! We were reserve National champion at the British National Carriage Driving championships in 2011 and 3rd in 2013. I should add that pilot error is the reason we haven’t topped the podium! He has been East Anglian Open Pony Champion numerous times, won in private driving classes at county level and successfully taken to playing tandem leader for the last three seasons.

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- Yogi at Olympia and Badminton Horse Trials

Yogi is a total diamond and still exciting at 13 years old with not one day’s lameness so far. His inauspicious start never held him back; he takes on every challenge and turns heads wherever he goes. Representing World Horse Welfare at events such as Badminton and Olympia and at the Hall Farm Open Days, I can honestly say he is the pony of my lifetime and will have a home for life with us.

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